AMNA.GR – ‘Healthy Seas Fashion Project’ at CretAquarium in Crete until September
A very different sort of fashion show, featuring clothes made with fabric from ‘ghost’ fishing nets reclaimed from the sea, will be on show until September this year at the CRETAquarium in Crete, one of the biggest and most modern aquariums in Europe. This is the second stop for the “Healthy Seas Fashion Project” organised by MEDASSET (Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles), after a month’s stay at Golden Hall in Marousi.
Once visitors to the aquarium have admired the 2,000 individual marine creatures from 200 different Mediterranean species, they will have an opportunity to enjoy a unique exhibition that demonstrates what can happen when environmental awareness, fashion, and the principles of the circular economy meet. Behind-the-scenes videos illustrate how the Fashion Project came into being, while breath-taking underwater footage, which show just how damaging “ghost nets” can be to marine fauna, complete the experience.
The exhibition was created with the support of the Representation of the EC in Greece, on the occasion of MEDASSET’s first anniversary as coordinator in Greece of the European initiative: “Healthy Seas: A Journey from Waste to Wear”.
The “Healthy Seas” initiative aims to remove fishing nets that have been caught up on wrecks or snagged by rocky outcrops on the ocean floor. The deadly “ghost nets” go on trapping all kinds of marine creatures, such as turtles, dolphins, seals. Once they are removed they can be processed, however, along with other waste products, and recycled to make ECONYL® – a premium quality yarn that is ideal for use in the manufacture of clothing and other products, such as carpet.